Laptops and PCs are among the most commonly used device’s by kids today. They use it to browse online, video chat with friends and family, do their homework, and much more. However, using desktop apps and the internet pose many risks to children of all ages including malware, sexual predators, cyberbullying, inappropriate content, and hackers. Besides using website and in-app security and privacy settings, and parental controls, parents can also use Window 10 parental controls to further protect their children’s computer use.
What Is Windows 10?
Windows 10 is an operating system commonly used by most laptops, computers, and PCs. It was created by Microsoft and released on July 29, 2015. Just like all operating systems, Windows 10 allows a device to work properly, adding numerous features and security measures to it.
Key Features of Windows 10
Type With Your Voice
Does your child use their computer at school? Are they taking classes virtually? Well, using Windows 10, they can have their computer transcribe any speech dictation heard into text. To do this, simply press the Windows key + H.
If your child is working on a group project or wants to share a document with their siblings, they may use the Nearby Sharing feature. Similar to AirDrop on Mac, this feature allows a person to share documents with nearby devices within range.
Cortana is a virtual assistance that can help you with a number of things. This includes creating calendar events, searching for information, answering questions, creating lists, setting up alarms, and more.
Notifications Area and Focus Assist
On the right sidebar on Windows 10 devices, users are able to see email, app, and device notifications easily. If you don’t want to receive notifications, such as when a child is doing schoolwork, you can use Focus Assist to turn off notifications or only get priority notifications.
This is a visual setting which allows a user to change their desktop color palette/theme to be dark instead of the default light mode. Some users prefer to use Dark Mode depending on their work environment.
Windows 10 Parental Controls To Use On Your Child’s Devices
Windows 10 conveniently has all of its available parental settings in its “Family Options” section. To get to this, you need to press the Start (Windows icon) → Update & Security → Windows Security → Family options. Click on View Family Settings, which will take you to your Microsoft account online. Once you’re logged into your account, you’ll need to add your family members. Once you do so, you’ll be able to set the below parental control settings for each family member.
Screen Time Limits
To make sure that your child isn’t using their computer and apps excessively, you can set specific time limits for the computer and app use. You can even set it based on the day of the week. Setting limits on Xbox use is also available, if you have one.
Parents can opt to receive a weekly email containing a summary of their child’s device, online, and web browsing activity. The report includes websites they’ve visited, online searches, game and app activities, and much more.
Want to make sure your child doesn’t view content that’s not age-appropriate? With the content filter, you can block your child from using inappropriate apps and games.
Microsoft Store Purchases
A parent’s worst nightmare is finding out their child spent hundreds of dollars on store apps, games, and more. With Family Options, you can enable Microsoft Store purchase approval, which means that your child cannot purchase anything without your approval. Once you approve that they can do so, you can transfer money to the account for your child to make the purchase.
Android Microsoft Launcher
If your child has Android devices such as tablets or cell phones, you can use the Microsoft Launcher. Using this app, parents can view their child’s device activity and track their GPS location.
Microsoft Edge Web & Search Filter
To prevent your child from visiting inappropriate websites and going on websites they shouldn’t be, you can use the web & search filter. You’ll filter out inapropropriate sites and create a list of allowed sites they can visit.
By using these Windows 10 parental controls, you can ensure your family’s safety while using their devices and browsing online. As time passes and your kids grow up, you can adjust these settings.